For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.
For the last five years, I have been using stations in my library as a way of managing and teaching students. During my years as an English teacher, this type of instruction was also used with 9th graders …. that was almost 15 years ago. Stations quickly became an easy way to teach individuals, keep students engaged, and help with short attention spans. The use of stations was also used during my coaching career, which was one of reviving two separate programs from losing seasons to winning seasons. When I say, “losing”, I don’t mean a 12 – 13 record … I mean a 1- 19 record and the other being a 3-19 record. The 1 – 19 team ended up winning a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP within six years ….. sorry, got lost in the memories, back to the 18:45 seconds.
So, my stations have been evolving day by day this year. At this point, the students have about eight different activities they can do while in the library. Some do the same activities, while some go from place to place. Either way, it has been working great this week, and today, a third grade class spent 18:45 seconds being engaged without fussing or getting off task. The first 20 min of class is spent on silent reading, a lesson, or a story. The next 20 min is spent with the students being involved with the activities in the library. Like I mentioned earlier, a third grade class spent 18:45 seconds being engaged. This was great because this is a class of 24 students who, at times, find it difficult to get along with each other, as well as stay on task.
This is how education and learning looks in my library … a facilitator. This has not been anything new for me as a teacher, but it seems to be more “trendy” these days in education. My personality allows me to manage my classes using this style, which is great for me, as well as the students. So, the next time you are dealing with students in large numbers …. divide and conquer. It may help, but you will never know if you don’t try.